Current Exhibitions

Records of Rights in the David M. Rubenstein Gallery
Explore how generations of Americans debated issues such as citizenship, free speech, voting rights, and equal opportunity.

"Amending America"
Now open in the Lawrence O'Brien Gallery
Exlore how we have amended, or attempted to amend, the Constitution in order to form "a more perfect union."

Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom
The permanent home of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States, and Bill of Rights—known collectively as the Charters of Freedom.

The Public Vaults
Embark on a virtual journey into the stacks and vaults of the National Archives. See some of the most fascinating original records in our holdings.

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News & Events

“Amending America”

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Only 27 times—out of more than 11,000 proposals—have Americans reached consensus to amend the Constitution. Our new exhibit reveals the stories behind why some proposed amendments became part of the Constitution while others failed. Lawrence F. O'Brien Gallery, March 11, 2016, through September 4, 2017.

May 31, at noon

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The President's Book of Secrets: The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America's Presidents from Kennedy to Obama

William G. McGowan Theater &
US National Archives YouTube Channel

Beginning with John F. Kennedy, every President has received a short, personalized daily report from the intelligence community. This top-secret document is known as the President's Daily Brief, or, within national security circles, as simply "the Book." David Priess, former intelligence officer and daily briefer, offers an unprecedented window into the decision-making of every President from Kennedy to Obama. A book signing follows the program.

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Fife and Drum Corps - July 4th

Did you miss one of our fantastic programs? The National Archives Experience is proud to offer a selection of streaming video programs from our public program repertoire.

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